For America's Cup junkies, these days torture. We know that soon we'll hear some of the pressing big-picture answers to the four pressing big-picture AC34 questions, such as when, what kind of boat, where, and what protocol apply. But, patience is a virtue that I, for one, failed to develop, especially when it comes to things like food, shelter and sailing.
Thankfully, word has now come forth from BMW/Oracle that the organizers will be holding a press conference at BMW/Oracle's Valencia base on September 13. On tap are the answers to three of these four troublesome questions: What year the next Cup will be raced, the type of boat that will replace the America's Cup Class, as well as the protocol.
The big answer, especially for us west coasters, of course the where. But, hope flickers here too, as BMW/Oracle has indicated that they wish to divulge this Beta prior to their December 31, 2010 objective.
May it be so, and may we all be looking at a San Francisco AC34. A candle has certainly been lit for this here; perhaps it's time to fire up the whole package...
And speaking of high-level sailing on the Bay, be sure to check out Eric Simonson's great pics of the Finn Gold Cup, where sailors have enjoyed two fantastic days of big-breeze racing. Currently, US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics team member Zac Railey is sitting in second place behind Spain's Rafael Trujillo.
Meanwhile, at grand-prix sailing's other extreme, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has announced that Farr Yacht Design will be designing their new Volvo Open 70 for the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race. VOR veteran Ian Walker, who skippered the Irish/Chinese Green Dragon entry in the 2008/2009 edition, will serve as skipper of this start-up team, where at least one UAE national will sail aboard, and two more nationals will serve on the shore team. No doubt, this will be an interesting team to watch once the horses start running in October of 2011.
Fair winds and following seas,
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Farr 40 Association, The Farr 40 Class Association today announced that the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will take place February 23-26 at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS), in Sydney, Australia. Immediately preceding the Worlds, the RSYS will host the Australian Championship from February 18-20.... [more] Share this story
Finn Worlds Day 2 - Trujillo falters, Wright surges David Wells, Finn World Championships San Francisco Day 2. le Bretton out front as Trujillo falters and Wright surges. With fog lapping at the Golden Gate, and sunshine bathing the race course, race one got off in a light 4-6 not breeze that putting in to play the kinetics rule limiting downwind pumping.... [more] Share this story
Finn Gold Cup - A Wright day Robert Deaves, Thomas Le Breton (FRA) takes the lead at the Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco after two third places on Tuesday. Zach Railey (USA) stays in second place while the day belonged to third overall Ed Wright (GBR) after dominating and winning both races.... [more] Share this story
Taylor Canfield earns invitation to Grade 1 Congressional Cup Dobbs Davis, Taylor Canfield earns invitation to Grade 1 Congressional Cup - The Trifecta represented the successful collaboration between organizers of three Open Grade 2 events: the CMRC's Chicago Match Cup, held over 13-15 August; Bayview YC's Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup, held a week later over 19-22 August; and the Knickerbocker Cup, held over 25-29 August.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series Barby MacGowan, New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series - The top three U.S. teams from next week's event will join the top six teams from the 2009 Invitational Cup: New York, Royal Canadian, Japan Sailing Federation, Nyländska Jaktklubben of Finland, Royal Cork of Ireland and Royal Bermuda, plus at least 10 other international teams.... [more] Share this story
Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship– Day 1 tough at the top Jerelyn Biehl, Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship– Day 1 tough at the top - It's tough at the top and after only 2 races 1 point separates the top 3 and another tight spread in the next tier. Alexandre Tinoco and Gabriel Borges of Brazil started off the regatta rounding the weather mark in first and extending their lead to lead wire to wire.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS - Boat owners group says 2008 hurricane has lesson for boaters BoatUS, BoatUS - Four days before 2008's Hurricane Hanna struck the South Carolina coast and ran up the eastern US seaboard, she was downgraded to a tropical storm. But that still didn't stop the damage to hundreds of recreational boats deluged by the storm's intense rains. BoatUS is again urging boaters from the Mid-Atlantic to New England to protect their vessels from the forecasted heavy precipitation.... [more] Share this story
Laser Worlds - Day 2 balancing act Laser Worlds, Laser World Championships - Across today's two testing qualifying heats off Hayling Island, England it was avoiding the early high score discard that was top of the agenda for most sailors.... [more] Share this story
RS:X World Championship - Van Rijsselberge soars ahead Dansk Sejlunion, RS:X World Championship - Dutch sailor Dorian van Rijsselberge has launched himself into the lead today, with the final two qualification series races held off Kerteminde, in the centre of Denmark.... [more] Share this story
ISAF World Match Racing Tour Championship - Set to challenge Rupert Hains, ISAF World Match Racing Tour Championship - The race village at the Segel-Club St. Moritz was buzzing today, with 12 world-class sailing teams making their final preparations for a week of fierce head-to-head competition in the St. Moritz Match Race, the sixth stage.... [more] Share this story
Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta in Newport over Labor Day Cynthia Goss, 31st Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta sponsored by Panerai takes place in Newport over the Labor Day weekend. The regatta kicks off Friday night, September 3, with Panerai's festive opening night celebration at the Museum of Yachting, followed by two days of racing run by organizing authority Sail Newport and the event's traditional Classic Yacht Parade on Sunday morning.... [more] Share this story
34th America's Cup – Year, new fast boat and fair Protocol rules Tim Jeffery, 34th America's Cup organizers plan on September 13 to host a press conference in Valencia to reveal three of the four cornerstones of the next competition.... [more] Share this story
Laser Worlds - A sea-breeze second day Laser Worlds, Laser Senior and Junior Championships - After a postponement ashore for two hours both fleets have been sent afloat.... [more] Share this story
2010 Finn Gold Cup - Trujillo takes the lead Robert Deaves, After two fantastic races on San Francisco Bay the 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Rafa Trujillo (ESP) takes the early lead in the 2010 Finn Gold Cup.... [more] Share this story
Farr Yacht Design joins Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's VOR title pursuit Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, US-based Farr Yacht Design (FYD), one of the world's foremost racing-yacht design teams, has been appointed to develop Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Volvo Open 70 for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, representing a major boost to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA)-backed outfit's title ambitions.... [more] Share this story
Images from San Francisco: Images from Day 1 Erik Simonson pressure-drop.us, Erik Simonson presents a gallery of images from Day 1 of the Finn Gold Cup, being held in San Francisco Bay.... [more] Share this story
Finn Worlds start in San Francisco Bay in blustery breeze David Wells, Day 1 of the Finn World Championships (aka the Gold Cup) kicked off today in a blustery, but blue skied, San Francisco Bay. Sailing out of the Olympic Circle near Berkeley, California the 87 competitors were greeted with 17-20 knots of wind and San Francisco Bay's infamous voodoo chop in full swing. Two races were held on course B (a windward leeward first lap featuring a triangle for lap 2 wi... [more] Share this story
Laser World Championships Day 1 - Bullot puts field on notice Laser Worlds, Laser World Championships. Racing Day 1 broke the pattern of blustery winds and intermittent rain which have prevailed through pre-championships training phase, replaced absolutely on cue by bluebird skies, summer sunshine and light to moderate mainly northerly breezes.... [more] Share this story
Waka Racing: Final Day at Knickerbocker Cup Waka Racing Media, New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing report from USA: The final day dawned on us in New York and we were all a little cautious as what to expect. The forecast was dim with little wind forecasted and for us that was a very bad thing. After our disappointing loss yesterday in the first race of the Semi the equation was simple WE HAD TO RACE.... [more] Share this story
Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship 2010 - preview Jerelyn Biehl, Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship 2010 in Ridgeway, Canada is being held at the Buffalo Canoe Club and is preparing to name a new champion – with the current World Champion Bruno Bethlem of Brazil in attendance as well former Snipe World Champions Augie Diaz & Tomos Hornos, both of the US, competition is stiff.... [more] Share this story
RS:X World Championship - Sniff of champagne for China and New Zealand Dansk Sejlunion, RS:X World Championship - In stark contrast to yesterday's marginal winds, so conditions came alive on the Bay of Kerteminde, Denmark, for day two with 20 knot winds and brilliant sunshine. China dominated the first day of sailing the the Womens event, while New Zealand holds the top two positions in the Mens event... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour Championship - Sailors prepare to do battle Audrey Lakai, World Match Racing Tour Championship - Twelve of the world's most successful skippers, including Ben Ainslie (GBR) TeamOrigin, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing and Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, are preparing for a week-long series of head-to-head battles at the St. Moritz Match Race.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 North American Championship 2010 - Entry deadline tomorrow Fiona Brown, Melges 24 North American Championship 2010 - Tomorrow, Tuesday 31 August 2010, is the entry deadline for the Championship being hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club on Lake Ontario. With racing from Thursday 23 September to Sunday 26 September, a post racing keg provided by Lakeside Beverages each day its going to be the perfect long weekend combination of serious racing and fun relaxation.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS urges public comment on proposed anchoring changes in Florida BoatUS., Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging boaters, anglers and sailors in the Sunshine State to weigh-in on proposed changes by the National Park Service (NPS) concerning the anchoring and mooring of vessels in Biscayne National Park, Florida. The deadline for comments is September 3.... [more] Share this story
Waka Racing: Day 3 at Knickerbocker Cup Waka Racing Media, New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing report from USA: Today the Knickerbocker Cup started well with a continuation of the nice Match Racing conditions we had been enjoying all week. We went out on the water on match point only needing to win one race to beat Dave Perry (who knocked us out of last years Knickerboccker Cup).... [more] Share this story
Phil Robertson wins the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup Andrea Watson, Phil Robertson, Waka Racing (NZL) and his crew of Garth Ellingham, Sam Bell and James Williamson, have won the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup and win an automatic entry into the Argo Gold Cup, one of the stops on the World Match Racing Tour. Manhasset Bay Commodore and Knickerbocker Cup PRO, Sue Miller, and Ted Weisberg, Manhasset Bay YC member and a Director of both the Match Racing Association (MRA) an... [more] Share this story
USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign - Maintaining control in 25-30k Steve Bodner, USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign - It's no secret; you're only as strong as your weakest link. Despite having the best equipment this season, it's been my body that's been holding me back this summer. Our local fleet has really stepped it up since the North Americans last month and if you don't nail that last tack on the last beat, you can be assured someone will be there capitalizing on your weakness.... [more] Share this story
2010 Rolex Swan Cup - Gathering in Sardinia Jill Campbell, With just over two weeks to go an impressive fleet of Swans is poised to sail into Porto Cervo, Sardinia for the 2010 Rolex Swan Cup. One of the newest models competing is the Swan 60, Emma (GER), launched in August 2009 and owned by Johann Killinger.... [more] Share this story
2010 Finn Gold Cup underway in San Francisco Robert Deaves, 2010 Finn Gold Cup - Beginning with a flag parade by all 29 nations represented, the opening ceremony was attended by consul generals of about 10 nations and introduced by regatta chairman and former Finn sailor John Callahan.... [more] Share this story
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2010 images from George Bekris George Bekris images, Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2010 images from photographer George Bekris.... [more] Share this story
Knickerbocker Cup win to Waka Racing Andrea Watson, Knickerbocker Cup and East Coast Trifecta Award winners announced - As predicted, the wind conditions on Sunday on Manhasset Bay were dismal. One match early morning between Robertson and Tiller was pivotal for Robertson. He had lost his match against countryman William Tiller, Full Metal Jacket Racing, (NZL) on Saturday and needed the wind to fill in enough to complete at least one more match.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup - Not a good day for Artemis Paul Cayard, Paul Cayard reports from onboars Artemis at the last day of racing at the Audi MedCup regatta at Cartagena. 'The conditions were perfect for this final day; 15 knot Easterly breeze, blue skies, moderate swell and the temperature was down to a manageable 30C.... [more] Share this story
RS:X Worlds: Hurry up and Wait - then some racing RS:X Media, It was a 'Hurry Up and Wait' sort of a day for the opening round of the Olympic windsurfer RS:X Worlds, in Denmark The men went out to race as scheduled for an 1100hrs start. The yellow group were called into the starting area and after one general recall, they started under a black flag with Ivan Pastor ESP7 called OCS.... [more] Share this story
RS:X Worlds - Early lead to Poland Dansk Sejlunion, The class act of the day in the Blue fleet was Poland's Piotr Myszka, leading the Men's regatta overall having scored a 2-1 today. The Pole is followed by Zubari with Beijing Gold medallist Tom Ashley third after posting a 1-5.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Kiss summer Joy Dunigan, 2010 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champion Michael Kiss on Bacio and his crew comprised of son Mitchell and Chris Rast. This weekend, the Audi Melges 20 demographics ran the gamut. John Arendshorst won the Masters division. Kate Mullin on CAN-141 won best helmswoman, and junior sailor Alex Post received most accomplished in the youth category.... [more] Share this story
Laser Worlds 2010 - Practice race cancelled Sail-World.com UK, Strong winds disrupted the Laser Worlds at Hayling Island Sailing Club, near Portsmouth on Sunday.... [more] Share this story
Summer Sports Clinic helps injured veterans adaptive sports Urban Miyares, National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic is an event like no other, uniquely designed to teach recently-injured Veterans how to surf, kayak, sail, cycle and enjoy other sports. The third National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will be held September 19-25 in San Diego... [more] Share this story
Injured vets return to sail with Challenged America Urban Miyares, Challenged America co-founder, Urban Miyares said, 'When I returned home from Vietnam, we had nothing like this. It's great that now recently injured veterans can get right into sports as a rehabilitative activity and test their new bodies.'... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series Day 4: Guichard secures victory at Kiel Extreme Sailing Series, Extreme Sailing Series 2010 - Yann Guichard and his crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild have won the third round in Kiel with a race to spare – an unusual occurrence on this circuit that normally sees every event go to the wire in the final double points race. However, there was no stopping Guichard who took control of the German event yesterday.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 - A Kiwi reprise in Murcia Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 - Emirates Team New Zealand's return to Cartagena proved something of a repeat performance as the Audi MedCup 2009 champions retained the overall Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy for the second year in a row on the same waters where they clinched the overall TP52 Series championships title last year.... [more] Share this story
Laser World Championships 2010 - Slingsby bids for third world title Lindsey Bell, Laser World Championships 2010 - Australia's Tom Slingsby is hoping that he can extend his run of winning form which starts on Monday at Hayling Island Sailing Club on England's south coast.... [more] Share this story
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland 2010 - First victory for Groupama Kate Jennings, Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland 2010 - It was at 1126 hours BST on Sunday that Franck Cammas and his ten crew took victory off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. By covering the 1,802 miles in 5 days 21 hours and 26 minutes at an average speed of 12.74 knots, the French crew considerably improved on the best time over this course.... [more] Share this story
Groupama sets new record for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Trish Jenkins, Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010 - Volvo Open 70, Groupama, crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron Line today at 11.26.55 (BST) to claim line honours and take both the race and course records.... [more] Share this story
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